Diving Spider, Gargantuan (CR 8)
Alignment: Always Neutral
Initiative: +3 (Dex); Senses: darkvision 60 ft., tremorsense 60 ft., and Spot +4*
AC: 19 (-4 size, +3 Dex, +10 natural), touch 9, flat-footed 16
Hit Dice: 16d8+32 (104 hp)
Fort +12, Ref +8, Will +5
Speed: 30 ft., climb 20 ft., swim 30 ft.
Space: 20 ft./15 ft.
Base Attack +12; Grapple +31
Attack: Bite +15 melee
Full Attack: Bite +15 melee
Damage: Bite 2d8+10 and poison
Special Attacks/Actions: Poison
Abilities: Str 25, Dex 17, Con 14, Int -, Wis 10, Cha 2
Special Qualities: hold breath, Vermin
Skills: Climb +14, Hide -5*, Jump +7*, and Spot +4*
Advancement: 17-31 HD (Gargantuan)
Climate/Terrain: Temperate aquatic
Treasure/Possessions: 1/10 coins, 50% goods, 50% items
Poison (Ex): Fortitude save 20. Initial and secondary damage: 2d6 Strength.
Web (Ex): Diving spiders cannot throw a web net, nor do they create sheets of sticky webbing.
Tremorsense (Ex): A diving spider's tremorsense allows it to detect and pinpoint creatures in the water as easily as those on land.
Hold Breath (Ex): A diving spider can hold its breath for a number of rounds equal to 4 x its Constitution score before it risks drowning. For a typical diving spider (Medium or Large), this is 48 rounds, or almost 5 minutes.
Skills: A diving spider has a +8 racial bonus on any Swim check to perform some special action or avoid a hazard. It can always choose to take 10 on a Swim check, even if distracted or endangered. It can use the run action while swimming, provided it swims in a straight line.
All diving spiders are aggressive predators and use their poisonous bite to subdue or kill prey.
Diving spiders have roughly circular bodies surrounded by outspread legs: 20 feet wide* and 5 feet high.
*The number includes the spider's body and its legs; the actual body diameter is about a third of the total.
Some breeds of diving spider are adapted for an aquatic existence. Rather than constructing webs, they build submerged, air-filled domes of spidersilk where they lie in wait for prey to wander too close.
Diving spiders spend their lives underwater, except for brief trips to the surface to replenish air. The spider's furry body holds air bubbles that it releases into the dome. They are expert swimmers, unlike most spiders.